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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

26 Nov - Blogs I'm Following

12:06am MST

The Poet: Carl Sandburg, "What Shall He Tell That Son?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 59 minutes ago
"What Shall He Tell That Son?" "A father sees a son nearing manhood. What shall he tell that son? 'Life is hard; be steel; be a rock.' And this might stand him for the storms and serve him for humdrum and monotony and guide him amid sudden betrayals and tighten him for slack moments. 'Life is a soft loam; be gentle; go easy.' And this too might serve him. Brutes have been gentled where lashes failed. The growth of a frail flower in a path up has sometimes shattered and split a rock. A tough will counts. So does desire. So does a rich soft wanting. Without rich wanting nothing arrives. Tel... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 59 minutes ago
Orlando, Florida, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, “In The Sweet By And By”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“In The Sweet By And By”* by Chet Raymo “In the Bahamas there's a saying: Everbody wanna go to hebben, but nobody wanna die. I suppose you could find the same expression anywhere in the world. It's one of those universal axioms, a cognitive dissonance the human species has learned to live with. We want to live forever, but there's always that nagging fear that death is final. When someone comes along promising eternal life, we are quick to jump on board, to buy into the program, to make our Pascal's Wager with a generous tithe. The Keys of the Kingdom have always been the ultimate... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough; for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams." - Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Paulo Coelho, “The Black Man (A True Story)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“The Black Man (A True Story)”* by Paulo Coelho "We are at the restaurant of a German University. A red haired student, and undeniably German, takes her tray and sits down at her table. She then realizes she has forgotten her cutlery and gets up again to pick it up. Coming back, she sees with astonishment that a black man, possibly sub-Saharan by his appearance, is sitting there and is eating from her tray. Straight away, the young woman feels lost and stressed, but immediately changes her thought and presumes that the African is not familiar with European customs concerning priva... more »

Will Harry Reid's Sell Out Of The Middle Class Help Solidify An Open Rebellion Caucus?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Trouble for America John Nichols post-election piece for *The Nation*, Democrats: The Party of Pablum, is pretty harsh... but completely on track, a track the geriatric, sclerotic Democratic congressional leadership is now utterly incapable of dealing with. When Bernie Sanders gets to griping about the Democratic Party, which happens frequently, he asks, “What does it stand for?” The independent senator argues that, after years of sellouts and compromises on issues ranging from trade policy to banking regulation, and especially after letting campaign donors and consultants define i... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - What would you change?

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 2 hours ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourage ... more »


Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 hours ago
[image: Picture] Today again my friends at BRAVE Mandala will explain the journey you'll take with the Chak-dala above... ~Sophia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Todays Mandala is about Coherence. This quote was part of the inspiration for it: "The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space.” Eckhart Tolle 2. Todays CHAK-dala is about Coherence. Being whole, undivided. Bringing all our disparate and desperate thoughts into alignment with... more »

Federal Judge Blocks Review Of Alaska Mine's Impact On Salmon | ThinkProgress

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
*‘King Salmon’, United States, Alaska, Naknek, Bristol Bay, 2013. * CREDIT: FLICKR/ CHRIS FORD A federal judge has dealt a procedural blow to the EPA’s efforts to protect a remote part of Alaska from the impacts of what could be the largest copper and cold mine in North America. On Monday, Judge H. Russel Holland of the U.S. District Court of Alaska issued a preliminary injunction in favor the Pebble Mine’s efforts to block the EPA, thus preventing the EPA from taking further steps in its Clean Water Act (CWA) review process. Under section 404(c) of the CWA, the EPA has the authori... more »

"The Majority Of Us..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act... more »

"When We Don’t Take Action: The Effect of Not Doing"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"When We Don’t Take Action: The Effect of Not Doing"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Our actions shape our lives, but what we don't take action on can be just as powerful. Life is sculpted on a moment-to-moment basis. Every one of the thoughts we think, the words we speak, and the actions we take contributes to the complex quality and character of the universe’s unfolding. It simply is not possible to be alive without making an impact on the world that surrounds us. Every action taken affects the whole as greatly as every action not taken. And when it comes to making the world a b... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

US Police Out of Control

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 3 hours ago
*by Kevin Barrett, TruthJihad.com, first published in Farsi at Vatenemrooz Newspaper* *[This was written before the Grand Jury decision and resulting protests in Ferguson. I just discussed the Ferguson situation with Gordon Duff and Richie Allen on Truth Jihad Radio.]* The shootings of unarmed Missouri teenagers Michael Brown and Vonderitt Myers Jr. have sparked huge protests and called attention to the systematic abuse of African-Americans by police. But Brown and Myers are not the only victims. According to the FBI, at least 404 Americans were killed by police last year. The rea... more »

Bahe: Keeping Legends Alive, Radio Show About October Sheep-Impoundments

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
From: "NaBahii Keediniihii" Keeping Legends Alive, Radio Show About October Sheep-Impoundment Greetings All, 40 years, I have lived and witness my Dineh community stand up for liberation, honor the Treaty of 1868, honor their ancestors who have fought against the colonial Spainards and Euro-Americans, honor the Great Spirits of the Female Mountain (Big Mountain and Black Mesa),

"’Ullo, I recognise that ol’ leitmotif!"

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
When George Harrison was sued for plagiarising the Chiffons – when Men at Work were sued for plagiarising the melody of a Boy Scout song – when Radiohead are sued for plagiarising Albert Hammond, or Coldplay for plagiarising Joe Satriani -- the common response is “Look, there are only so many musical notes, chords and riffs that a person can string together into a song.” But while that’s technically true, it’s practically just bollocks. Because, *practically speaking*, the number of possible notes and chords you can can combine together to form a melody is … well, *practically in... more »

ADR Institute, Part 2

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
The newly-launched think tank, Albert Del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ADR Institute), held last Friday, November 21, 2014. The Board members, from left: 1. Benjamin Philip Romualdez, President of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP), 2. Victor Andres "Dindo" Manhit, Founder and Managing Director, Stratbase, also Professor of Political Science, DLSU, 3. Manny V. Pangilinan, head of Metro Pacific Investments, Smart/PLDT, Meralco, TV5, etc., 4. Edgardo Lacson, honorary Chair of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and Presiden... more »

'Honoring Our Ancestors' Traditional Meal

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
Ruben Cu:k Ba'ak | Tohono O'odham UnderGraduate | ASU | "I am Here To Change The World." Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the

This 3-Question Quiz Predicts Whether You Believe in God

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
To quote philosopher Stephen Hicks, this quiz is “fun [with an] intriguing inference”: [image: image] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Of course there's no chance of any actual discussion about immigration

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
*From today's *Washington Post* "Tuesday's Opinions" e-mail* *by Ken* If I told you that I didn't bother to click through to the specimen of op-ed illumination promised by the above e-blurb, and merely waved it at you saying "See? See?," you would probably say, "Well, sure, that's dumber than dirt, but it probably doesn't represent what that noted far-right-wing sage Marc A. Thiessen really wrote or, you know, *oversimplifies* it." (As if everything MAT writes didn't come to us presimplified down to the single-cell-life-form level.) So I clicked through, and you know what? What th... more »

Malaysian Flight 370 Updates ( November 25 , 2014 ) - Just won't fall off the radar , despite the best efforts to dustbin this unsolved mystery ....Emirates Chief Tim Clark speaks on Flight 370 .... One day debris will appear - that's what the experts say...... Official story under scrutiny.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
http://www.smh.com.au/world/full-transcript-emirates-chief-sir-tim-clark-on-mh17-and-mh370-20141121-11rc70.html ( Entire interview at the link.. ) The full transcript of German aviation journalist Andreas Spaeth's interview with Emirates chief Sir Tim Clark. *It's many months later and we know nothing about MH370, having disappeared on March 8, 2014. What can be done?* TIM CLARK: Malaysia Airlines 370 remains one of the great aviation mysteries. Personally I have the concern that we will treat it like that and move on, and it will go onto National Geographic as one of aviation's g... more »

harper government's nuanced views on Nazism

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 5 hours ago
Just when you think these harpercon scum couldn't sink any lower! Russian gangster Vladimir Putin, takes advantage of the neo-Nazi orientation of the gangsters running the Ukraine by putting to vote at the United Nations a resolution to combat the glorification of Nazism. The Ukraine government voted against it because they're nazis. Their excuse though, is that they also suffered under Stalinism. Right. You can't condemn the Nazis without condemning Stalinism. Why not propose a resolution to combat the glorification of communism, or imperialism then? The real reason, again, is b... more »

“So Many People Are Badly Traumatized by Life in America: It's Time We Admit It”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“So Many People Are Badly Traumatized by Life in America:* * It's Time We Admit It”* *From a crushing economy, to government spying, to endless wars, are we breaking down?* By Lynn Stuart Parramore “Recently Don Hazen, the executive editor of AlterNet, asked me to think about trauma in the context of America’s political system. As I sifted through my thoughts on this topic, I began to sense an enormous weight in my body and a paralysis in my brain. What could I say? What could I possibly offer to my fellow citizens? Or to myself? After six years writing about the financial cris... more »

Ukraine Energy situation ( November 25 , 2014 ) -Russia tightens screws on Ukraine by cutting off Russian coal ! Natural gas has gotten the focus , however coal is critically low - at the prest rate 2015 shaping up to be extremely problematic if power plant coal supplies are exhausted by the end of 2014 !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
http://www.poandpo.com/politics/russia-suspends-coal-supplies-to-ukraine-25-11-2014/ Russia suspends coal supplies to Ukraine inShare Tuesday November 25, 2014 6:40AM ET Russia has suspended supplies of coal to Ukraine, the press service of the Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Ministry reported, citing Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan. [image: Russia coal] "According to the information obtained by the Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry from Centrenergo and DTEK, coal supplies from Russia have been suspended," Prodan said. Reports on November 24 said that the Russian side on Satur... more »

"We Are the Enemy: Is This the Lesson of Ferguson?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"We Are the Enemy: Is This the Lesson of Ferguson?"* By John W. Whitehead "If you dress police officers up as soldiers and you put them in military vehicles and you give them military weapons, they adopt a warrior mentality. We fight wars against enemies, and the enemies are the people who live in our cities—particularly in communities of color."- Thomas Nolan, criminology professor and former police officer. "Should police officer Darren Wilson be held accountable for the shooting death of unarmed citizen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014? That the police off... more »

A question about NZ temperatures

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
So the answer is “temperatures in New Zealand have been plummeting since 1998, and are cooler now than they were 60 years ago.” [image: ScreenHunter_4788 Nov. 25 00.49] I’ll let you work out what the question is. [Source Real Science, hat tip Climatism Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Battling a very bad cold right now. I have been traveling a lot in the past few weeks .... and I guess everything is catching up to me right now. Blogging was difficult today (between the sniffles, coughs, and feeling drowsy) .... so I am taking a break tonight. Hope that I will feel much better tomorrow.

Ukraine President Poroshenko Under Western Pressure To Form A New Government And Institute Reforms

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (R) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden walk into a hall before a news conference in Kiev, November 21, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko *Ukraine Leader, Under Pressure From West, Pledges New Government Soon -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Ukraine will take the first steps this week towards forming a new government, President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday, seeking to assuage concern among his Western allies that the delay is holding up reform and imperiling Western assistance. The U.S. and other Western governments are criticizing Kiev's tardine... more »

The Paedophile Next Door

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Are we living at peak paedophile? No, we passed that a few years ago. But we do live in a culture saturated by paedophile panic. You're practically not allowed to have contact with kids unless cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service. Nary a day goes by without a paedophile somewhere getting banged up. We've had dear old Rolf, ex-cuddly crying man for *Animal Hospital* jailed. The horrifying crimes of ex-Lost Prophets singer Ian Watkins and the beyond imagining criminal depravity of Jimmy Savile. Added to the mix is the appalling goings-ons in Rotherham and the historic invest... more »

Michele Flournoy Does Not Want To Be the Next U.S. Secretary Of Defense

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
FILE: June 2, 2014: Former Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy, in Washington, D.C. (REUTERS) *Ex-Defense Official Michele Flournoy Takes Self Out Of Running To Succeed Hagel At Pentagon -- FOX News* Former Defense official Michele Flournoy has taken herself out of the running to succeed Chuck Hagel as the next Defense Secretary because, according to a source, she wants to be Hillary Clinton’s Pentagon chief -- not President Obama’s. A source familiar with the circumstances of the decision confirmed to Fox News Tuesday that Flournoy has taken her name out of the run... more »

France Postpones Mistral Delivery To Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*France Postpones Mistral Delivery To Russia Over Ukraine 'Until Further Notice' -- RT* President Francois Hollande has decided to suspend delivery of the first Mistral-class ship to Russia "until further notice," citing the situation in Ukraine as the reason, media reported an Elysee Palace statement. "The President of the Republic believes that the current situation in the east of Ukraine still does not allow the transfer of the first Russian Mistral-type ships to Russia," a statement from the Elysée Palace said. In this regard, Francois Hollande felt it necessary to postpone th... more »

In Missouri to Show Solidarity

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
I flew to St. Louis today and was picked up at the airport by folks from the national Veterans For Peace (VFP) office that is headquartered in this city. I've come to join other members of VFP to support the people of Ferguson in their struggle for dignity and justice. We are waiting on one more person to arrive and then will head over to Ferguson. More later. Isn't it pure irony that the most violent country in the world can't understand when the most repressed, suppressed and beaten down people reach their final boiling point and react with the very violence that the nation ... more »

“The Real Reason Ferguson Burns”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*The Real Reason Ferguson Burns*, by Michael Hurd In the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer for killing a black man, websites such as HuffingtonPost.com are offering commentaries under the heading of “Black Voices.” This title really struck me — as an indication of something wider and deeper that’s really, really wrong. What exactly is a “black” voice as opposed to a “white” voice, or any other non-black voice for that matter? Do black people think of their minds and reasoning process as specifically “black” reasoning? What i... more »

What Do We Really Know about Ted J. Morris, Jr.? An Update.

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 7 hours ago
Ever since the Democrat and Chronicle published on November 23, 2014, its article praising the newly-NY-Regents-approved, 22-year-old Ted J. Morris, Jr., for the 2015 approval of his Greater Works Charter School, much Morris-induced (mis)information has been flying through cyberspace on this man. Indeed, with the new information that has come my way in the last 24 hours regarding […]

On political behaviour

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
If you’re trying to understand the ramifications of and behaviour behind all the various reports released yesterday then fear not, because Don Boudreaux has extracted a pertinent quote from Jonathan Haidt’s excellent 2012 book, *The Righteous Mind*: Alpha-male chimps are not truly *leaders* of their groups. They perform some public services, such as mediating conflicts. But most of the time, they are better described as *bullies* who take what they want. Politicians are not very far removed genetically from chimps, politics being “the province, not of civilized men and women but... more »

Is This How Iran Negotiates?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), EU envoy Catherine Ashton (C) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meet in Muscat November 10, 2014. REUTERS/Nicholas Kamm/Pool. Monday, November 10, 2014 *Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials -- Washington Free Beacon* *Zarif screams so loud bodyguards have entered the room, Iranian diplomat claims* VIENNA—Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks is known to frequently scream and shout at Western diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, a practice that ha... more »

Our Spiritual Origins

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Rene Descartes* - Spirit is the essence of life. Mind is the sculptor, the builder who conceives imagines and shapes ideas out of the essence of life... The post Our Spiritual Origins appeared first on Waking Times.

Arthur C. Clarke explains the internet … in 1974

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke – for those who don’t know him, he was author of *2001: A Space Odyssey – *describes the internet, telling Australian television that by 2001 every household will have a computer and be connected all over the world, allowing you to work and live wherever you like. “He’ll take it as much for granted as we take the telephone.” [Hat tip Hilton H.] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Public Funding of Alberta Fake Clinics, Part 3

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
In our series, Hinton Crisis Pregnancy Association is last of the three fake clinics in Alberta that have received public funds from the Alberta Lottery Foundation. (The others are Medicine Hat and Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre.) Hinton CPC seems to be doing business as West Yellowhead Pregnancy Care Centre; the address is the same on its Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) annual filings. The first thing to know about Hinton is that it's pretty small, with a population of 9,640 souls as of the 2011 census. Another thing about HInton is that it has a photo radar system, the proc... more »

Who Does The Law Prosectute-- And Who Gets A Free Ride For Even The Most Heinous Criminal Behavior?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
Just a fantasy At the end of 2011 there were 2,266,800 adults in prison and another 4,814,200 on parole or probation. Add to that 70,792 juveniles in detention. Almost 40% of those in prison are black. By age 18 almost a third of all black males and just over a quarter of all Hispanic males have already been arrested, compared to just 22% of white males. 5 years on and almost *half* of all black males have been arrested, as have 44% of Hipsanic males (38% of white males). Bias? Absolutely-- and it goes beyond race to class. Angela Davis and other critics of the U.S. gulags have been ... more »

Syrian Government Launches Air Strikes Against The Islamic State Controlled City Of Raqqa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
A site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is pictured in Raqqa, eastern Syria, which is controlled by the Islamic State November 25, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Nour Fourat *Syrian Government Air Strikes Kill 63 In Raqqa - Monitoring Group -- Reuters* (Reuters) - At least 63 people, half of them civilians, were killed when Syrian war planes struck the northeastern city of Raqqa on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria. Syrian government officials were not immediately ava... more »

Meaningful or Meaningless Control

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
In May of 2014, the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) first considered the issue of banning lethal autonomous weapons. Before the start of the informal expert meetings, Article 36 circulated a memorandum on the concept of “meaningful human control.” The document attempted to frame the discussion around the varying degrees of control over Continue reading

Tweets From the Edge: Ferguson edition

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 9 hours ago
Fucking A, why doesn't @CNN go all full tilt, self-loathing racist and replace Don Lemon with Allen West? — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) November 25, 2014 White people after the #FergusonDecision (with Thurston Howell III accent) "Dear God, think of all the inventory!" — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) November 25, 2014 #Ferguson is the antebellum south's selfie. #FergusonDecision #PrayForFerguson — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) November 25, 2014 So, Michael Brown was simultaneously a demonic Hulk Hogan who nonetheless couldn't hit Wilson hard enough to cause seriou... more »

Scores Killed In Double Suicide Attack In Northern Nigeria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Female Suicide Bombers Kill At Least 44 In Nigeria's Northeast -- Reuters* MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Two female suicide bombers killed at least 44 people on Tuesday in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, at the heart of a militant Islamist insurgency, medical officials said. Four witnesses told Reuters near the scene a woman had entered the roadside trading area behind the city's main market before blowing herself up. "While the people were trying to help the injured, the second bomb blasted," witness Sani Adamu told Reuters. "I saw lots of bodies." A nurse at ... more »

James Jesus Angleton

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
"Even James Jesus Angleton, the CIA's director of counter-intelligence, who also was responsible for liaison with Israel, had his problems when it came to the Israeli bomb. The moody Angleton was legendary — and feared — for his insistence on secrecy and his paranoia about Soviet penetration of the Agency. He was a master of backchannel and "eyes only" reports, and his increasing inability to deal with the real world eventually led to his firing in late 1974, but his glaring faults in counter-intelligence apparently did not spill over to Israel* Former Agency officials, who, in p... more »

LDP Government in Japan on Suicide Mission

Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
The LDP aims for collective suicide by extending Japan's nuclear reactors' life span to 60 years while pushing forward with the Oma nuclear plant, which will purportedly be the world's first 100 percent MOX facility! Does everyone remember what Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 explosion looked like? Unit 3 was running MOX fueld. Its explosion strongly resembled a mushroom cloud and has been interpreted as involving a nuclear criticality. Plutonium from the Daiichi explosions, likely from Unit 3, was found in Lithuania. MOX fuel is extraordinarily dangerous. Japan's earthquake activity ... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 10 hours ago
*Click on photos to enlarge* *A size comparison of the Earth and our neighboring planets with the Sun in our solar star system.* *Happy Thanksgiving and a joyful reminder that we are but a tiny spec of sand in the known universe but by surrendering to a **Unified Field**of love and soul consciousness, that exists beyond time and space as well as deepest within ourselves, we will begin to see through different eyes and realize we are all one and most certainly not alone as well as the truth of these words by William Blake ~ We are put on Earth a little space to b... more »

John Horgan`s Legislature Speech on British Columbia LNG, (and a little bit of the Persuader down below)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 10 hours ago
*J. Horgan: I rise today to speak to Bill 6, the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act. I'm proud to stand here following many thoughtful colleagues on both sides of the House who have offered up their point of view on what has become.* *J. Horgan: I rise today to speak to Bill 6, the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act.* *I'm proud to stand here following many thoughtful colleagues on both sides of the House who have offered up their point of view on what has become, certainly, a divisive issue if we listen to the minister just completed and earlier presentations by other ... more »

Anthony Bragalia, the Roswell Slides and the UFO Community

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 10 hours ago
*(Blogger's Note: *Over the last few weeks, I have learned about this on going dispute among the various parties mentioned. Since some of this information has now been circulated on the Interent in various venues, I thought it was time to provide Tony with the opportunity to tell his side of the story. This is what Tony had to say about it.) *UFO AUTHOR HACKED IN EFFORT TO OBTAIN ROSWELL EVIDENCE* *BY ANTHONY BRAGALIA* *The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of those who publish it.* This writer (Anthony Bragalia) has be... more »

Pre-Paleolithic Neanderthals

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 11 hours ago
stephenlewisfoundation.org/ That's what Stephen Lewis calls the Harper government. Lewis has always known how to turn a phrase. But he's also always known how to make an argument. And the evidence he offers in support of his case is damning. Tim Harper writes in the *Toronto Star*: Canada’s world standing is in free fall. The Harper government’s contempt for Parliament and its traditions has degraded political life and fostered voter cynicism. Its attitude to aboriginals is not paternalistic, it is racist. Harper’s refusal to jo... more »

Nov. 25: It's a mad, mad, mad,mad world....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 11 hours ago
----an example of the madness is a story the editors of the Irving press missed. Just days ago, a UN committee put forward a proposal from Russia that the UN should condemn racism-driven crimes. Specifically, it mentioned Nazism - not surprisingly, since Nazi movements are enjoying a revival in Europe. The proposal came from the Russians; and I first read of it in an English language newspaper from Russia. It's called RT. That made me suspicious, so I checked several respectable newspapers from Britain. They confirmed it. The majority of delegates abstained - which is quite common... more »

Supplemental: Punished for wearing a hoodie while black!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014Post tells familiar story:* Yesterday morning’s Washington Post included a fascinating letter. It came from a reader who became upset while reading a recent column by Ruth Marcus. Marcus’ column started like this: MARCUS (11/16/14): Reginald Latson’s path to solitary confinement began four years ago as he waited for the public library to open in Stafford County, Va. Latson, known as Neli, has an IQ of 69 and is autistic. *Teachers and therapists describe him as generally sweet and eager to please.He is also a black man, now 22, who on the day in questi... more »

Ferguson Police Show the Way to Facism USA Style:  This Is How You Wind Up With Michael Brown, Dead in the Middle of the Road (Social Media To Blame)  Run for Your Life

The police are on the way. Hide. There is something gone badly wrong in the way police are taught to look at civilians these days. This is the logic of an occupying power being employed on American citizens. Ever since 9/11, when we all began to be told that we were going to have to bend a little bit, and then a little bit more, to authority or else we'd all die, the police in this

El Paso Response to Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Contact: Adriano Perez                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Email: alternativeaspects@gmail.com Date: 11/25/2014 EL PASO RESPONSE TO FERGUSON GRAND JURY DECISION A peaceful protest in El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas, November 25, 2014- A National Protest in Response to the Grand Jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting

Professional Politicians Dread Them But Primaries Are An Essential Component Of Our Electoral System

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Hillary sees the billionaire class as her benefactors and partners; Bernie has a different perspective One of the problems with the professional political parties based inside the Beltway is that they instinctively discourage primaries. Party bosses hate them because they cost money and tend to cater to the base, making it more difficult to get muddled careerist hacks without vision into office. And if the party elites are about anything, it's getting muddled careerist hacks without vision into office. This past cycle we talked a lot about how Harry Reid, Michael Bennet and Guy Cecil... more »

Is Russia About To Annex Abkhazia?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets Abkhazian President Raul Khajimba on November 24, 2014.(RIA Novosti / Mikhail Mettsel) *Pact Tightens Russian Ties With Abkhazia -- New York Times* MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin signed a treaty on Monday to expand Russia’s authority over Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia, effectively giving the Kremlin a dominant role in military and economic policy and making it easier for residents of Abkhazia to obtain Russian citizenship. The accord comes at a time of deep apprehension in the West over Russia’s expansionist aspiration... more »

PRL: life in 90% of galaxies is killed by GRBs

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
Science Magazine describes a provoking paper by Piran (HUJI Jerusalem) and Jimenez (U. Barcelona, Harvard) accepted for publication to prestigious Physical Review Letters two weeks ago: Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies (Science) ------------------------------ On the role of GRBs on life extinction in the Universe (arXiv, PRL) The basic claim is rather simple. *This extraterrestrial citizen works with Alza.cz and Alza.sk and spreads tablets and other things all over our homelands. The negative feedback suggests that the Czechoslovak folks may suffer from gree... more »

The Shocking Truth About the Meat Industry

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - "Our food system is in dire need of change in order to protect human health, but it's a system that is difficult to change..." The post The Shocking Truth About the Meat Industry appeared first on Waking Times.

St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is the son of a police officer who was shot in the line of duty. In his 24 years as prosecutor, he has never recommended charges against any police officer

leftdog at Buckdog - 13 hours ago
*(Michael Brown's body was left uncovered on a Ferguson, Missouri street for hours by police. )* So why should we be surprised that NO charges will be laid in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown? *"McCulloch gave the jury no instruction on what charges they should consider. [...] Giving the grand jury no instruction is equivalent to throwing them into the deep end of the pool with no swimming lessons. They had to work it out for themselves. It's not unusual for the prosecutor to not suggest a specific charge, but it's almost unprecedented for the prosecutor to du... more »

Vaccination: Defending Your Right to Know and Freedom to Choose

Barbara Loe Fisher at Vaccine Awakening - 13 hours ago
Posted 11/24/2014 *by Barbara Loe Fisher* *Co-founder & President* *National Vaccine Information Center* *Following is a referenced excerpt from a keynote presentation given by Barbara Loe Fisher at the 2014 U.S. Health Freedom Congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota.* The public conversation about whether we should have the freedom to choose how we want to maintain our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health has become one of the most important public conversations of our time. It is a conversation that challenges us to examine complex public policy, scientific, ethical, le... more »

Tapping for Stress Relief and Emotional Freedom

Waking Times at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Video - *Instruction on the technique of tapping on acupressure points to relieve stress and allow you to think more clearly. The post Tapping for Stress Relief and Emotional Freedom appeared first on Waking Times.

Scores Killed In New DR Congo Massacre

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Scores Killed In Fresh 'Congo Massacre' -- Al Jazeera* About 100 people killed in the restive North Kivu region by Ugandan rebels, according to members of parliament. About 100 people were killed last week in a fresh massacre in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, blamed by the government on Uganda rebels, members of parliament have said. The carnage took place on Thursday near Beni in North Kivu province, where mainly Muslim Ugandan rebels have been blamed for killing more than 200 civilians in gruesome machete attacks since October, and where the UN wants "neg... more »

Paul Craig Roberts' advice to Russia: "By its inaction the Russian government is aiding and abetting Washington’s onslaught against Russia. The Russian government could tell Europe to call off [the NATO/Ukraine attack on the eastern provinces] or go without natural gas. The Russian government could declare a no-fly zone over the separatist provinces and deliver an ultimatum to Kiev. The Russian government could accept the requests from Donetsk and Luhansk for unification or reunification with Russia. Any one of these actions would suffice to resolve the conflict before it spins out of control and opens the gates to World War III." And he adds that: "The American people are clueless that Washington is on the brink of starting a dangerous war." See the preceding blog for more details.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 14 hours ago
------------------------------ *Opening the Gates to World War III — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ November 23, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Opening the Gates to World War III Paul Craig Roberts According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in Donetsk and Luhansk. A Russian foreign ministry official condemned Washington’s reckless decision to supply weapons to Kiev as a violation of agreements that w... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Listen to your Mother'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
                  LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Posted on November 25, 2014  Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Nov. 25, 2014. The cops and soldiers all have mothers. The time has come for mothers to speak to their sons and daughters who are carrying out the will of the multinational energy corporations and their agents.

Monster Wells: How Much Water is Used in Fracking?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 15 hours ago
*Mike Gaworecki* - Some fracking wells are using 10-25 million gallons each, and much of this is fresh water... The post Monster Wells: How Much Water is Used in Fracking? appeared first on Waking Times.

More U.S. Troops To Remain In Afghanistan In 2015 Than Initially Planned

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*U.S. To Leave More Troops Than First Planned In Afghanistan - Sources -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The final numbers are still being agreed, but there will be at least several hundred more than initially planned, one of the sources said. "If they hadn't done that, the mission would have lost bases," the source said. Under the U.S. commitment, described a... more »

Colombia FARC Rebel Leader: Peace Talks Suspension Destroyed Confidence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Colombia Rebel Chief Says Peace Talks Suspension Destroyed Confidence -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos "destroyed" confidence in the peace process by suspending talks and violated the terms of an agreement that brought the rebels to the negotiating table, FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono said. Londono, known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, said in a statement published on Monday that Santos had "overturned the board game" when he halted talks last week and breached terms that allowed the negotiations to start in 2012. The Revolutionary Armed ... more »

SHORT WEEK/SHARP DECLINE: A warning from Blow!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014Part 1—Katie McDonough knows all:* To her credit, Katie McDonough knows everything. We were struck by this fact all over again when we turned to Salon this morning. The youngish McDonough is billed as “Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice.” That said, she also seems to know everything about pretty much everything else. In this morning’s revelations, she knows what would have been fair and just in the case of Michel Brown—and in the case of Marissa Alexander. Her descriptions of these cases may seem a bit selec... more »

Controversy Over Supporting Iraq’s Tribes In Anbar

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
Anbar was where fighting first broke out in Iraq at the very end of December 2013. The conflict split many of the province’s tribes with some supporting the government, some revolting against the authorities but opposing the Islamic State (IS), and some throwing in their lot with the Islamists. Since then some of those tribes have re-aligned again as many had bad relations with IS previously, and when it became the main fighting force in Anbar they decided to fight them as well and went to Baghdad for support. New Prime Minister Haider Abadi has come out for recruiting and training... more »

Why China won't be Asia's Dominant Power

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 15 hours ago
I have thought as much for a long time, but i wanted someone to come out and say as much. The fundamental problem is China's one child policy which is slowly inflicting a huge contraction to a mobilized economy. Add in the quite normal skin of corruption that now becomes unsustainable and you have two powerful drivers about to be powerfully applied which will now temper the economy while hugely rationalizing it as well. All this foreshortens the ambitions of power and makes it difficult to execute. Thus we have at least one generation of consolidation combined with ... more »

Woolly Mammoth Could be Cloned by South Korean Scientists

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 15 hours ago
[image: A new-born woolly mammoth would likely find itself immediately designated an endangered species, and have to cope with modern environments as well as life in captivity] Dispite the optimism, i am sure that we are still a long ways off, but close enough for PR headlines to drive funding. The mammoth will be almost the easiest extinct creature to recover, but still may demand a complete reconstruction of the genome. Yet i think that is were we are going with every extinct creature with ample computer assistance of course. Then begins the job of creating refugia to protect s... more »

Obama Hates The Press by Jonathan Turley

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 15 hours ago
One could write reams on the pathology of power but sadly Obama has possibly succumbed to all temptation and his adoring press has to date protected him from ever paying the price. Obama was given a free pass to the presidency by our press and it was astonishing to watch. Yet we expect to rely on this press to dig up the dirt and hold a candidate's feet to the fire. That is what has largely happened. Yet none of the problems facing an Obama candidacy were ever properly vetted and aired. What we discover now turns out to be disasterous and the results are disasterous. Thus it is... more »

Has China Made The World's First Supersonic Drone?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A concept model of the Dark Sword drone was seen for the first time at the Zhuhai Airshow in 2006. (Photo/CNS) *Dark Sword Could Become World's First Supersonic Drone -- Want China Times* China's mysterious "Dark Sword" combat drone could become the world's first supersonic unmanned aviation vehicle, reports the website of the country's national broadcaster CCTV. The Dark Sword — known in Chinese as "Anjian" — made quite a stir in 2006 when a conceptual model of the unusually shaped triangular aircraft made its debut at the Zhuhai Airshow in southern China's Guangdong province. Th... more »

A Look At Who May Replace U.S. Secretary Of Defense Hagel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Top Candidates To Succeed Hagel Are Longtime National Security Specialists -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — President Obama, working to shift his team’s focus in confronting a raft of national security crises, is considering two former Defense Department officials as successors to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, administration officials said Monday. Even before Mr. Obama appeared with Mr. Hagel at the White House to announce the Pentagon chief’s departure, officials inside and outside the administration were speculating that Michèle A. Flournoy, a former under secretary of defe... more »

A Christ-Centered Christmas Craft Advent for Young Children

Lorene Nance at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
Hello all! Lorene here again today, to share one of our new favorite Christmas traditions. The holiday season gets so busy, but it's also so important for us as a family to remember the purpose of the holiday, so I am always looking for easy ways to make Christ-centered and kid-friendly Christmas traditions. Last year, I stumbled upon the 25 Days of Christ and I loved it! One small problem -- they were out of stock for the season and... there's no way it would have been delivered before December 1. (Procrastination strikes again!) Instead, I used the same scripture stories and cre... more »

Vaccination: Defending Your Right to Know and Freedom to Choose

Barbara Loe Fisher at Vaccine Awakening - 16 hours ago
posted 11/24/2014 by Barbara Loe Fisher *Following is a referenced excerpt from a keynote presentation given by Barbara Loe Fisher at the 2014 U.S. Health Freedom Congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota. View the video of her full 75 minute presentation here. * The public conversation about whether we should have the freedom to choose how we want to maintain our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health has become one of the most important public conversations of our time. It is a conversation that challenges us to examine complex public policy, scientific, ethical, legal, p... more »

Thinking Outside the Hourglass

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - Continue to dissolve this world of lies via passionate dissemination of enlightened information, and community building... The post Thinking Outside the Hourglass appeared first on Waking Times.

Menace On The Menu: Development And The Globalization Of Servitude

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 17 hours ago
RINF and Countercurrents 25/11/2014 In his book ‘The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective’, economist Angus Maddison noted that Indiawas the richest country in the world and had controlled a third of global wealth until the 17th century [1]. Political unity and military security helped evolve a uniform economic system, increased trade and enhanced agriculture productivity. Indiawas an exporter of spices, food grains, handicrafts, handloom products, wootz steel, musk, camphor, sandalwood and ivory items, among other things. It was for good reason that Gandhi once stated the futur... more »

McConnell To Senate Republicans: "Reelection Starts Now"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
Will Democrats run on this-- or run away from it again? In theory, 2016 should be a good electoral year for Democrats. Their voters will probably be enthusiastic at the idea of electing Hillary Clinton (a moderate, the first woman president, familiar entitity everyone feels they know...). And Hillary at the top of the ticket is giving to mean rough wealth for Republicans in blue-leaning House seats and in non-Confederate Senate races especially in places where she's well-regarded, like Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, maybe even North Carolina, ... more »

Racial Tensions In America: Proper Justice Is Served - Grand Jury Rules NO Indictment For Officer Darren Wilson

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 17 hours ago
FINALLY proper justice has been served in America... Just yesterday, the Grand Jury in the case of Officer Darren Wilson shooting dead Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri has ruled properly that Officer Wilson will not be charged for Brown's death.... All of the evidence that the Grand Jury has seen shows clearly that Officer Wilson acted in self defense against Brown's abuse while trying to arrest Brown....The criminal justice system in the United States ruled properly, in spite of all the outcries coming from the African-American community. Right now, I want to present Whitewraith... more »

Washington's Gamble: Russian Roulette, The Pale Blue Dot And All Out War

Colin Todhunter at East by Northwest - 17 hours ago
RINF 20/11/2014 (This is an updated and extended version of an article that was originally published in early September) The ‘Pale Blue Dot’ is the name of the photograph of the Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager spacecraft, some six billion kilometres away from our planet as the craft was about to leave the Solar System. The Earth appears as a miniscule dot, almost lost in the vastness of space [1]. The late astrophysicist Carl Sagan commented on it by saying that from out there in space, there is no inkling, no clue whatsoever, that there is life here; there is no hint of humank... more »

UN: Child trafficking on the Rise and UN intervention is at the heart of the problem!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
*The despicable UN *is at the forefront of this rise in human trafficking, misery and exploitation. How can the UN lament this problem, *when UN sanctioned interventions are at the heart of this issue*? *This is simply some type of red herring.* * The idiom "red herring" is used to refer to something that misleads or distracts from the relevant or important issue.* So the UN presenting themselves as concerned or caring about this issue is simply to distract you all from the fact that the UN is the biggest part of the problem. *In fact that the UN is the very catalyst for this probl... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 18 hours ago
*Boy, three, is banned from his first nursery school photograph after headteacher brands his haircut EXTREME * *I wore a "short back and sides" haircut throughout my youth. Most men did so at that time too. I still do. What was once near universal is now "extreme"?* A three-year-old boy has been banned from taking part in his first ever school photograph - after his headteacher ruled his haircut wastoo short. Delaney Templeton had been excitedly looking forward to having the picture taken with his classmates at his nursery. But when mother Julieann Yates, 28, arrived to collect... more »

Artist Boldly Reimagines US Currency with Modern Design

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
*What's interesting about this project is the lack of mention of the Federal Reserve Bank...and no $1 note... -AK* http://goo.gl/Pfq3N3 *Artist Boldly Reimagines US Currency with Modern Design* *Posted by Jonathan Terrasi * November 20, 2014 at 2:21pm Blending vivid colors, sleek geometric patterns, and minimalist elegance, American designer Travis Purrington offers up a bold new vision for US currency. As part of his design school Master's thesis, he set out to conceptualize a set of bills that shift the focus from enshrining long-deceased American leaders to highlighting Ameri... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 18 hours ago
*Craig Idso on facts the IPCC ignores* *Cold-stunned turtles strand in record numbers* *That global warming can be a bitch* Cape Cod: Seated on the hard concrete floor of the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary’s maintenance barn, veterinarian Kelly Sattman lifted turtle No. 491 to eye level. She pressed a small speaker that looked like an old transistor radio up to one ear while holding a sensor to the turtle’s neck. Sattman tried to parse out the heartbeat from the white noise crackling from the speaker, and the roar of a heater struggling to keep the barn, set up a... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates ( November 25 , 2014 ) - Obama and Congress embrace War ( Hagel Firing By Obama , Secret Afghanistan Order Extending Direct Combat and Rand Paul War On ISIS ) ..... Corruption in Iraq bigger enemy than Jihadists ....... Tweets of the Morning - Additional Focus on Turkey and Lebanon , as well as Syria and Iraq !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Anti War.... A Wartime President: Obama Moves More HawkishOuster of Hagel, New Afghan Order Reflect a Changing Policy by Jason Ditz, November 24, 2014 Print This | Share This President Obama has long couched his foreign policy as at least comparatively moderate, presenting everything he does as the half-measure alternative to some senatorial superhawk’s demands. Yet Obama seems to be shifting himself further and further into the position of a hawkish, wartime president, and his actions over the past few days reflect an attempt to reinvent his foreign policy. After years of talking u... more »

Lion Rock 16: Photos and Discussions in Reading Club Salon 2014

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 19 hours ago
Here are some photos of the Lion Rock Institute (LRI) 3rd Reading Club Salon (RCS) 2014 held three weeks ago in Hong Kong. Below, our group photo after the morning session, moderated by LRI Chairman Bill Stacey (seated, center). The afternoon session was moderated by Ken Schooland (seated, 2nd from left) of the Hawaii Pacific University. LRI Executive Director, Peter Wong, is standing behind Bill. Milovan Djilas' book, "The New Class" (1957) was our take off discussion in the morning session. Bill asked something like, "Is there something in Marxism and its class analysis that makes... more »

Facts about Fast Food That May Surprise You

Waking Times at Waking Times - 20 hours ago
*Infographic -* Ever wonder what makes fast food big business and what's really in it? The post Facts about Fast Food That May Surprise You appeared first on Waking Times.

"Without Going into Details" *snerk*

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 20 hours ago
We had been wondering why Fetus Freak Media and its running blog lackeys hadn't done its usual shrieky foot-stompy hissy fit routine over the partial rescinding of an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant to a fake pregnancy centre. The fake clinic itself responded on its blog in a rather tight-lipped manner citing "philosophical differences" with OTF while accusing an unnamed blogger (ahem). One particular blog has been making false allegations regarding our Centre and is taking credit for the rescinding of the OTF grant. This same group has been making allegations against othe... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Higher realm collaborations accelerate as Cosmic Energies impel all to Higher Consciousness

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 20 hours ago
*Higher realm collaborations accelerate as Cosmic Energies impel all to Higher Consciousness* by ÉirePort Higher realm collaborations accelerate as Cosmic Energies impel all to Higher Consciousness. Awareness levels of all Gaia inhabitants continue to increase. Formidations cannot block Higher Awareness. Impending breakthroughs manifest quickly as Gaia ascends. *118 Gateways open Hue- and hu-manity to* *the Higher Consciousness event.* ÉirePort | November 25, 2014 at 09:16 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-ti

Kaman Announces Contract to Support the Upgrade of SH-2G Super Seasprite Aircraft for Peru

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite]Kaman Corp. today announced that it has entered into a contract with General Dynamics Canada to remanufacture and upgrade four Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite aircraft and provide support for the operation of a fifth aircraft for the Peruvian Navy. The program value to Kaman is expected to exceed $40 million. Gregory Steiner , President Kaman Aerospace Group said, “We are very pleased to support this effort to provide the Peruvian Navy with the advanced capabilities of the Super Seasprite. This is an important milestone for Kaman as it will extend th... more »

Kuperberg and a physician vs a thinking smoker

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
Scott Aaronson has reposted a "parable" that mathematician Greg Kuperberg posted on his Facebook profile. Kuperberg wants to repeat the usual story that the climate alarmists' recommendations are just like the physicians' advises to their patients. In the parable, a doctor wants her patient to stop smoking but she's unable to answer any questions (clearly meant to be quantitative questions) about the degree to which smoking is harmful. Surprisingly, although Aaronson's is a far left blog addressed to the Cambridge MA Lumpencafé, most commenters seem to realize that 1. the certa... more »

Construction of an airfield on the disputed Spratly Islands puts Australia in reach of China’s strategic bombers: Reports

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: H-6K Badger]An air base being built on a disputed island chain is raising eyebrows as its puts Chinese strategic bombers in range of Australia for the first time. Defence Publication IHS Janes says analysis of satellite photographs shows China is turning Fiery Cross Reef in the contentious Spratly Islands into a land mass big enough to hold a military air base. The construction work shows China is enforcing its claim on the mineral and oil-rich chain of islands which are also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and the Philippines. Beijing claims nearly all of the ... more »

Can’t keep waiting for stealth fighter, India tells Russia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Su T-50 PAK-FA]Ahead of President Vladimir Putin's visit here early next month, India has told Russia to come back with a plan to substantially reduce the delivery timeframe for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) if it wants to seal the futuristic project by next year. The plan till now was that India would begin inducting the stealth fighters only 94 months — at the earliest — after the two countries inked the final design and R&D contract, which itself has already been delayed by over two years by now. "Russia has now been told that India cannot wait fo... more »

DRDO to make unmanned combat systems

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Dr. Avinash Chander]"it is going to be the future, it will be a fight against one technology over the other, than the conventional man against man wars," DRDO Director General Avinash Chander said. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Director General Dr. Avinash Chander underscored the need for a policy to induct unmanned combat systems into the armed forces and make them an integral part. Many advanced countries, especially the United States, are focusing on developing unmanned security systems and the DRDO is working on different unmanned combat system pro... more »

Indian Navy gets 6th maritime patrol plane, likely to order four more

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: P-8I Neptune]The Indian Navy is likely to order four more P-81 long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft from American firm Boeing which delivered the sixth plane on Monday as part of an eight-aircraft contract worth over Rs 12,000 crore. The sixth aircraft landed at INS Rajali in Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu at about 4 PM on Monday. The eight-aircraft deal was signed in 2009 and as per the agreement, three each were to be delivered in 2013 and 2014 and two in 2015. Read more

UK confirms first F-35 jet orders

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RAF F-35B Lightning II]Britain on Monday (Nov 24) announced it had signed a contract with US manufacturer Lockheed Martin to buy the first of 14 F-35B combat jets. The four Lightning II stealth combat aircraft will operate from both of the Royal Navy's forthcoming new aircraft carriers and from Royal Air Force land bases, with another 10 due to be ordered over the next five years. The first batch is expected to be delivered in 2016 and will take up station in 2018. "The investment we are making in the F-35 aircraft will ensure we are securing the skies for decades to come, ... more »

First of frigates under $4.3 billion modernization program ready for duty

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMCS Fredericton]Work has been completed on the first four Halifax-class navy frigates to be modernized under a $4.3-billion federal program. Following recent sea trials, HMCS Fredericton is preparing for a resumption of duty early next year, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said Monday in Halifax. The program also saw the modernization of HMCS Halifax, Calgary and Winnipeg. They are currently undergoing trials. Read more

Finland feels vulnerable amid Russian provocations

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Il-20 Coot]Wedged hard against Russia’s northwestern border, peaceable Finland has long gone out of its way to avoid prodding the nuclear-armed bear next door. But now, the bear is provoking Finland, repeatedly guiding military planes into Finnish airspace and deploying submarines and helicopters to chase after Finnish research vessels in international waters. The incidents are part of a pattern of aggressive Russian behavior that has radiated across Europe, but that has been especially unnerving for countries such as Finland that live outside the protective bubble of NATO.... more »

Why Did Chuck Hagel Have to Go?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Chuck Hagel & Barack Obama]President Obama professed today strong appreciation for the service of his third Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. But if he was so appreciative, why exactly is Secretary Hagel about to be former Secretary Hagel? Rumors are swirling as to whether Mr. Hagel was forced out or is leaving voluntarily. It’s a safe bet that the Secretary didn’t choose to relinquish, at this time, a job he had worked too hard to obtain and that Team Obama fired the President’s token Republican. If so, the question is: For which of several possible reasons was he cashie... more »

Chinese Submarines And Indian ASW In The Indian Ocean - Analysis

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: P-8I Neptune]How to deal with Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean has become a practical question for India. In December 2013, China let it be known that one of its nuclear attack submarines would sail through the Indian Ocean over the following two months. It was the first time that China confirmed such a transit. At the time, many thought it would be a relatively rare occurrence. But over the last couple of months, two more submarines appear to have made similar transits, after they were spotted making five-day long port calls in Sri Lanka. On September 19, a Chinese S... more »

Defence Minister says he 'wouldn't trust' Australian Submarine Corporation to build a canoe

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC)]Defence Minister David Johnston has warned he would not trust the Government-owned defence builder, the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC), to build a canoe. Senator Johnston launched the scathing attack on the ASC in the Senate during a debate about where Australia's next submarine fleet should be built. The Government is under pressure to build Australia's next fleet of submarines locally, rather than opt for an overseas design. Read more

Two submarines to stay in Plymouth - two go to Faslane

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: HMS Torbay]Two submarines earmarked for decommissioning will remain in Plymouth while two others will move to Faslane, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. HMS Torbay and HMS Trenchant, are to remain at the naval base at Devonport until they are decommissioned. HMS Talent and HMS Triumph will move to Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde at Faslane, by 2020. Read more

Links and Links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 22 hours ago
*A pony attracts attention on a road in Taichung.* - Awesome: longtime American Taiwan policy analyst says 1C2S is inappropriate for Taiwan - CPI blog by Ben Goren and Li Ying-ysuan: Lien campaign, a tragedy. - Ian Rowen from Hong Kong: In search of Sunflower Seeds in Hong Kong - J Michael Cole: Why it's so hard to be neutral in the Taipei election. Because the Lien campaign is like the Plan 9 from Outer Space of political campaigns. - Frozen Garlic on the evolution of the political map and money forces in local politics. - CPI blog: Shelly Rigger argues ... more »

DSME signs contract to deliver 6 Missile Surface Corvettes (MSC) to Royal Malaysian Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: DSME Missile Surface Corvette]South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd (DSME) announced in a statement Monday that it has obtained an order from the Royal Malaysian Navy to build six Missile Surface Corvettes (MSC). According to the statement, three vessels will be built and assembled in South Korea starting from January 2018 while the rest will be block built in South Korea and assembled in Malaysia with DSME's cooperation. The statement, which did not mentioned the value of the deal, said the deal is subject to final approval by the Malaysian ... more »

Newport News Shipbuilding Hosts Keel-Laying Ceremony for Virginia-Class Submarine Washington (SSN 787)

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: future USS Washington (SSN 787)]With weld shields in place and sparks flying, Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, hosted a keel-laying ceremony Saturday for the future USS Washington (SSN 787), a Virginia-class submarine named for the Evergreen State. The submarine’s sponsor is Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Acting as the keel authenticator, during the ceremony she chalked her initials onto a metal plate. Her initials were then welded onto the plate, which will be permanently affixed to the submarine as a s... more »

Giant Flying Cryptid Reports Increase in Pennsylvania

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
[image: Drawing used with permission of the witness] The creatures are out there, but what is happening is that folks are discovering where to report what they have seen and other folks are investigating those sightings. We already know of the Ropen in Indonesia and it is quite plausible that this creature is global in distribution. Recall that this creature is a likely nocturnal fisher that literally flies into the water and hunts there. Other types are also showing up and all have been described in the reports so that we are getting a serious body of data. A large bird can... more »

Commentaries, Opinions, Analysis, And Editorials On The Firing Of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*How Obama Dumped Hagel -- Glenn Thrush, Politico* He ‘just wasn’t the man for the job,’ president concluded. When President Obama first summoned Chuck Hagel to the Oval Office in October, he wanted to know how his Pentagon chief planned to cope with the dangerous new threat posed by the Islamic State that had drawn the reluctant president back into war in the Middle East, not to mention getting a sense of Hagel’s other plans for the final two years of Obama’s presidency. But after several lackluster, low-energy sessions, Obama was so unimpressed by the performance of his laconic... more »

Predicting money making opportunities in Brain to Brain Commerce

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 1 day ago
They say that you can't travel into the future, don't tell that to Arthur C Clark. This very afternoon I took a small trip into the future and what I saw was a lot of money making opportunities. I saw advertizements in the net, A woman was selling her location sensations on line for $25.00 an 1/2 hour via Helmet connected to her and the Internet. I saw Telepresence helmets being sold for $499.00 they were being pushed as a marital aid for frequent travelers. I saw a room in the army barracks, 50 stalls with screens and telepresence helmets rope wired to each stall each s... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Velvet Morning” ("Void of the Stellar Winds")

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, “Velvet Morning” ("Void of the Stellar Winds") - http://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Near the center of this sharp cosmic portrait, at the heart of the Orion Nebula, are four hot, massive stars known as the Trapezium. Gathered within a region about 1.5 light-years in radius, they dominate the core of the dense Orion Nebula Star Cluster. Ultraviolet ionizing radiation from the Trapezium stars, mostly from the brightest star Theta-1 Orionis C powers the complex star forming region's entire visible glow. *Click image for larger size.* About three million years old, the Orion Nebula Cluster was even more compact in its younger years and a recent dynamical study indicate... more »

The Poet: May Sarton, "Unison Benediction"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Unison Benediction" * "Return to the most human, nothing less will nourish the torn spirit, the bewildered heart, the angry mind: and from the ultimate duress, pierced with the breath of anguish, speak of love. Return, return to the deep sources, nothing less will teach the stiff hands a new way to serve, to carve into our lives the forms of tenderness and still that ancient necessary pain preserve. Return to the most human, nothing less will teach the angry spirit, the bewildered heart; the torn mind, to accept the whole of its duress, and pierced with anguish… at last, act for love.... more »

November Tax-Cast Highlights Lux-Leak, Kenya, Ukraine

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 day ago
So much tax justice news this month that the usually 20 minute podcast runs just shy of 30 minutes. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists publishes a treasure trove of leaked data from Luxembourg, putting pressure not only on the country but its former Premier, now President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. Kenya is abolishing many of its tax subsidies; meanwhile the Ukraine has become the first country to mandate a listing of the beneficial owners of all companies operating within the company. Hear about it here: www.taxjustice.net/taxcast

"Give Me the Stars... Life Wants to Live!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Give Me the Stars... Life Wants to Live!"* by Rick Tumlinson “I have been asked how I can so easily cross party lines during this election time, when it comes to supporting or chastising politicians based on their actions regarding the opening of space. Why do I care about opening the space frontier more than any other issue? How can I support this one who is doing this, or attack that one who is doing that? How can I even deal with that guy who is doing so much harm, and why do I attack that woman who has done so much good for other issues? So many reasons, so important to many,... more »

Second-class articles

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
I’m not the only one who’s keeping an eye on Gregg Carlstrom, the freelancer who writes articles about Israel for the Times. I see CiF Watch’s Adam Levick also noticed yesterday’s article in with the alarming headline “Israel set to make Arabs second-class citizens.” (Page 32 under the section called “World” ) (£) It wasn’t just the font size that made the piece look alarmist and sensational. Some time ago this writer’s household had to cancel a subscription to the Telegraph after one too many obnoxious pieces from Peter Oborne. I wrote to the paper to register our dismay. Not... more »

The Cosby mess

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Illustration by PJ Loughran for *Philadelphia* magazine *by Ken* Beyond the fundamental creepiness of the behavior attributed to Bill Cosby by a growing number of women, there are a bunch of creepy aspects to the mess now swirling around the beloved comedian. Of all of them, perhaps the creepiest is that hardly any of it is news. As *New York Times* media columnist David Carr notes, "the accusations had already been carefully and thoroughly reported in Philadelphia magazine and elsewhere" at least as early as June 2006, when the *Philadelphia* magazine piece, "Dr. Huxtable and Mr.... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago

Chet Raymo, “Cuddle And Cudgel”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Cuddle And Cudgel” * by Chet Raymo "Click on the image above to make it as big as you can on your screen. It's pretty, is it not? It is, in fact, an image of something invisibly small, so small and so beyond apprehension by the unaided senses that it can only be represented schematically, in his case as a TinkerToy construction of balls-and-sticks (upper right) and, more abstractly, as a multicolored ribbon (left). What is it? The stick-and-ball construction is the "cuddle" hormone, oxytocin. 43 carbon atoms, 66 hydrogens, 12 nitrogens, 12 oxygens, and 2 sulfurs: the basic Tinke... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Renton, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Mysterious Phenomenon of 'Shadow People'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Mysterious Phenomenon of 'Shadow People'" by Bernard Powell "One of the most interesting and intriguing phenomena in the world of paranormal activity is that of the "Shadow People." Each and every week there seems to be more and more stories and reports involving these mysterious beings, and they certainly have become a hot topic and a subject of growing interest of research by investigators. Stories about these strange entities and their natures vary from harmless, quiet and shy observers to malevolent and downright nasty creatures of mal-intent. As with most things in the pa... more »

"Are You Feeling Stressed Out?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Are You Feeling Stressed Out?" by Jonathan "Have you got endless demands tugging at you from all directions? Does your life seem to be spinning out of control? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out when you can’t ever seem to catch up. Do you think bringing your life into balance would require a major life change? It may not be as difficult as what you imagine. Did you realize that, regardless of your circumstances, a true sense of balance actually comes from within you, not from your surroundings? 3 Ways to reduce feelings of stress: Here are three simple strategies to ... more »

“Anxiety About Change: Anticipating the Good”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Anxiety About Change: Anticipating the Good”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, we can learn to embrace it while releasing the past with grace. When we find ourselves going through any kind of change in our lives, our natural response may be to tense up on the physical, mental, or emotional level. We may not even notice that we have braced ourselves against a shift until we recognize the anxiety, mood swings, or general worried feeling toward the unknown that usually results. There are positive ways to move through change withou... more »

The Link between the Glands and the Chakras

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *How each of the seven chakras are associated with each one of the seven endocrine glands. The post The Link between the Glands and the Chakras appeared first on Waking Times.

An independent contractor cannot recover for wrongful dismissal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Ho v. World Financial Group Insurance Agency of Canada Inc., 2014 ONCA 832: In particular, the motion judge found that the appellant was not an employee but rather an independent contractor and that there could be no claim for wrongful dismissal.

Who Is New York-Regents-Charter-Approved Ted J. Morris, Jr.?

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
On November 23, 2014, the Democrat and Chronicle published an article about a seemingly remarkable 22-year-old, Ted J. Morris, Jr., who had supposedly just received clearance from the New York Board of Regents to open his own charter school, Greater Works Charter School, in 2015. However, there are a number of issues with Morris and his publicized […]

Being in Oneness

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
[image: Picture] For this week of Gratitude, I'd like to share some powerful, beautiful work with you, work I am extremely grateful for as I walk this road of consciousness. For the next 3 days take a visual journey, courtesy of my gifted friends at BRAVE Mandala. The CHAK-DALA in the photo above is the first of the 3, and is meant to be absorbed visually. Enjoy. See you tomorrow, ~Sophia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Welcome to CHAK-DALA Quest….buckle up your precious, gorgeous self and soul. The visual ride begins now! *“I salute the light within your eyes ... more »

No True Bill in Ferguson...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*let's move on.* *Prayers for Officer Wilson* *and * *for Michael Brown. *

Malibu And Beverly Hills Are Not Tanzania, Not Yet Anyway

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
If we've become inured to the plight of our own countrymen being kicked out of their own homes by predatory banksters, something tells me not too many Americans rushed to the Tanzanian embassy at 1232 22nd St NW in DC or to the consulate at 201 East 42nd Street in Manhattan to protest the eviction of 40,000 Masai from their ancestral homeland bordering the world-famous Serengeti national park, to make room for a Dubai royal family private hunting preserve. They have until the end of the year to vacate the premises. The Tanzanian government, to make it up to the displaced Masai, h... more »

Quote of the Day: On National’s Security Service

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“Not entirely convinced that the government really ought to be rushing through stronger powers for the security apparatus until they've sorted out perhaps a few better control mechanisms preventing partisan use of the security apparatus.” *- Eric Crampton, ‘No, sir, I don't like it’ Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Gabor Maté: How Capitalism Makes Us Sick

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This the first part of an interview with Gabor mate who nicely describes just how stupid system we accept are in terms of dealing with marginal behavior. I personally see ways forward that can make all this slowly disappear completely. The problem though is that the present infrastructure is very much invested and to effect correction it become necessary to evolve transitional structures that nudge the whole think into sanity..And yes, the present solution is insane and even meets the best definition thereof. We keep doing it over and over again. *Gabor Maté: ... more »

Gluten Intolerance and the Herbicide Glyphosate: A National Epidemic

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
The problem is clearly not going away soon although i am actually hopeful that it will be generally banned just about everywhere outside the USA. Even this will take a long time. In the meantime we all need advice on how to minimize exposure. This item tackles that part of the equation. Unfortunately the news is not good. At best we can actively reject all GMO foods and that is pretty difficult. Otherwise become best friends with an organic grower. By and large what appears to be developing is a more general Glyphosate syndrome that is needs to be generally addressed by ou... more »

Sloan Matt on Sitzen

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This work eliminates Sitzen's leap into pure science fiction but leaves the source material intact and brings out much of the esoteric. I am not so sure that he was essentially driven by his publishers who wanted to exploit Danikin's success. The general background appears intact of a plausible intervention by an alien species and we have spirit, soul and the physical separately identified. This is something that i have come to properly understand only recently. The other reality that we must soon face is that alien communities existed during the Bronze Age at least. We now... more »

Archeologists Stunned by Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This is a serious conundrum. They are roughly made with no more skill applied than one would expect from a local community. Thus there is surely a practical explanation that tribesmen could make work well. The only thing that comes to mind is to provide individual corrals for sheep at a trading fair. The animals can be easily be lifted over the fence or a temporary ramp can be provided to allow tghis usage. Once done, they are well enough secured. Otherwise these enclosures would be rather inconvenient for day to day but fine when theft is a problem. *Archeologists Stun... more »

Joe Oliver, CFIB, and the Fraser Institute

Alison at Creekside - 1 day ago
FinMin Joe Oliver admitted last week that his department had outsourced government policy to the lobby group *Canadian Federation of Independent Business,* and further, had not done their own analysis of CFIB's work even though the lobby group represents the businesses the new policy was intended to benefit. The new CFIB/FinMin policy takes $500M from the EI fund and gives it to small businesses - ostensibly to create jobs. CFIB wasted no time taking credit for this piece of government policy. On their webpage CFIB shows this photo of CFIB President Dan Kelly at the government's "... more »

You Serve At The Pleasure Of The President (The Resignation Of U.S. Secretary Of Defense Hagel)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*My Comment*: In the past few months many in the Pentagon have been brutal in their commentary and analysis on President Obama's strategy to deal with the Islamic State, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria, Ebola, Libya, etc.. What made matters worse was that many of these comments were being made public .... and in clear contradiction of stated White House policies and strategies. The White House had to act to assert its authority .... and not surprising they did so today. The result I predict is going to be immediate. Generals/Admirals and their staff .... if they want to continue havin... more »

Tap water, beer and beef: The surprising facts of life in Managua

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 1 day ago
Why does meat taste better in developing countries? We'll have been in Managua for a month as of tomorrow, just long enough that I'm no longer getting lost every time I walk out the door but short enough that every day still holds some surprising discovery. Herewith, a small list of things I hadn't been expecting: - *You can drink the water from the tap in Managua.* Who knew? I just presumed we'd be drinking bottled water for the whole time we were here, as was the case for more than two years in Honduras. But I kept hearing from one person after another that Managua... more »

Letter from Managua: Missing the strange

paul at Paying attention - 1 day ago
I can see why people wind up travelling to more and more exotic places. After a month in Managua, I recognize a faint disappointment at the lack of full-on culture shock. The first month in Copan Ruinas, less than three years ago, was a thrill ride of new sensations. The grungy home stay, the cobbled streets, the half-starved dogs and sheer newness of life in the world’s most dangerous country. We would walk along, under the scorching sun, and say ‘Geez, we’re living in Honduras’ in a slightly bewildered way. The arrival in Nicaragua was wildly uneventful by comparison. Sure, there’... more »

Free Trade 40: Razeen Sally Joins IDEAS, to Campaign for More Liberalization

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Good news for the ASEAN here. Today, IDEAS announced this: *Kuala Lumpur, 24 November 2014 – The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) announces today the appointment of Dr. Razeen Sally as the first holder of IDEAS Chair of Political Economy and Governance Programme.* *Dr. Sally is a globally renowned expert on international trade policy. He is Director and Co-founder of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He was a faculty member and PhD graduate of the London ... more »

Iranians Unbowed: CNN's Latest 'Open Mic' in Tehran

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 1 day ago
As he has in the past, CNN correspondent Reza Sayah recently took to the streets of Tehran to find out what Iranians really think of the prospect of a nuclear deal between their government and six world powers. Setting up a camera in the uptown thoroughfare of Tajrish Square, Sayah asked passers-by if they support the current nuclear negotiations and would favor a comprehensive deal.  The

#JohnKeyHistory: Peaceful Settlement? [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
The PM wasn't exactly right suggesting settlement in NZ was *entirely* peaceful -- although it was far more peaceful than western settlement elsewhere. (Just ask the Incas how they got on against the Spanish, for example.) And this morning he’s been tangled up in ridiculous obfuscation between the meaning of the words “colonisation” and settlement,” opening himself up to mostly deserved ridicule. One can only imagine he tried the defence of obfuscation at the behest of a spin doctor. What would have been far more accurate to say would be that *western settlement of NZ brought pe... more »

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